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Monday, August 15, 2022


About the Book

Book: Silencing the Siren

Author: Denise L. Barela

Narrator: Christa DelSorbo

Genre: Christian Women’s Fiction

Release date: May, 2022

Andrew Grayson thought he had everything… until he met her.

The indulged son of wealthy parents, Andrew has always gotten whatever he wanted almost before he knew he wanted it—clothes, gadgets… even a car! What more could a young man desire?

Enter Annabel Thompson. Freakshow mermaid extraordinaire… in a wheelchair!

Of course, her beauty attracts him. How could it not? Add to that a kind heart, and Andrew can’t help but fall for her.

Annabel’s connection with the freakshow repels his parents and their society friends. They want him to sever all ties with her and his new friends. Oh, and marry the “right” girl with the “right connections.” But he won’t do it. He’ll defy them and marry his little mermaid.

When Annabel turns up missing, declared dead, things don’t add up, Andrew begins asking some difficult questions, the most important being, “What happened to the little mermaid of the Coney Island freak show?”

Find out in this next book in the Ever After Mysteries, combining beloved fairy tales and mysteries. Silencing the Siren offers a retelling of “The Little Mermaid” that will keep you gripped to the edge of your seat as you watch the story unfold.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Denise L. Barela is a twenty-something-year-old writer with a passion for fiction, her faith, and just being creative in general. When she’s not working away at her desk, you might find her reading a good book or following Alice down the rabbit hole…



About the Narrator

Speaking Life into Story

Queen of the one-eyebrow quirk, Christa DelSorbo auditioned for the role of Tarzan’s mom and has the photos to prove she ended up as the only cast member in a literal cast. These days, they keep her stuck in a  box with a ball on a stick and only feed her when she reads another chapter of another fabulous book. She loves every minute. Or so they tell her. *eyebrow slowly raises *


More from the Christa


MY REVIEW

How do you enhance a book that is beautifully written? You invite the talented Christa DelSorbo to use her gift and make an audio version. I have listened to several audios that  she  has read and each one has been enjoyable. With this  story I was looking for more emotion and easily identifiable character voices. I received that with ease. Her voice has this tender side when needed and strong command when called for. I would encourage others to grab their own audio copy of this book and fall in love with the beautiful writing style of the  gifted author  as Christa brings the story to life. 


am in awe of the writing style of this author. Her debut novel will take readers 
to a place that most of us have heard about. The setting of Coney Island is inviting 
and I loved getting to go behind the scenes. I immediately noticed that the author had 
captured a character in grace, beauty and love. Annabel is filled with a sense of being 
different but still her heart hopes for that one special person. My heart went out
 to her as people gawked at her while she swam in the water as a mermaid. It was so easy 
to visualize her as she glided with grace. Her smile radiated throughout the place
 as she entertained the people.

It was sad to think that people were thought of as a freak show because 
they were different. Annabel is use to stares and whispers as she sits 
in her wheelchair. Can you imagine living a life where you are on display
 because others think of you as different? I noticed how the author was
 able to convey to readers that even though we may look different, 
God loves us unconditionally.

Andrew comes from a wealthy family who are very judgmental and 
only thought of how important they were because of their financial stability. 
Even though his parents were rather snobby, Andrew had a heart that 
saw beauty from the inside. The relationship between Annabel and 
Andrew is so well written that I could feel their attraction to each other.
 The author builds a beautiful connection between the two with tender
 moments spent getting to know each other.

I loved how the author incorporates a mystery in the story that illustrates
 jealousy to an extreme that danger comes to one character. I couldn’t read fast
 enough to see how the author would unravel a sinister plot to make
 Annabel disappear. Andrew’s parents are so determined that Andrew won’t
 disgrace the family that they will do anything to stop him from seeing Annabel.
 The story gets tense as Andrew tries to solve the mystery and the emotions
 he has spills across the pages.His pain is evident as he hears devastating news.
 The author is able to not only deliver a touching story of 
unconditional love, but shows how people can become irrational 
when their future is at stake.

The ending caught me by surprise and I cried as I read the final words. I must say
 that I am very impressed with this debut novel and know this is only the start
 of a long career for this author. Thank you for taking me back in time where
 status was important and expose the ugliness of pride and jealousy.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.



Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 15

Texas Book-aholic, August 16

Inklings and notions, August 17

For Him and My Family, August 18

deb’s Book Review, August 19 (Spotlight)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 21

Connie’s History Classroom, August 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 23

For The Love of Books, August 24

SodbusterLiving, August 25

Through the Fire Blogs, August 26 (Author Interview)

Vicarious Living, August 27

Books I’ve Read, August 28

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Christa is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a code for the audiobook!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20a8b/silencing-the-siren-audiobook-celebration-tour-giveaway



 

 

It Never Occurred to Her Kick-Off Package

About the Book

Book: It Never Occurred to Her

Author: Michelle Jester

Genre: Contemporary Religious Fiction, Women’s Religious Fiction, Contemporary Christian Fiction


Release date: November 28, 2021

For two years Gabriel has followed every lead, no matter how small, in the hope of finding his wife who has been kidnapped. He and the police always seem to be one step behind, until investigators give him information that helps him launch the plan to find her.

When Lena looks up into the eyes of her husband, who she hasn’t seen in two years, she is humiliated and wants nothing more than to run before he recognizes her. And so she does. It’s only when she faces a desperate situation that she is forced to return and ask for his help.

As fate twists its way through both of their lives, they realize it doesn’t matter how much they have prepared to face the realities of losing someone, or finding them again, redemption is in letting go of the past and finding a future just off the beaten path.

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Michelle Jester is the bestselling author of fiction novels, as well as contributing author to the nonfiction #1 bestseller, My Labor Pains Were Worse than Yours. She also writes nonfiction and children’s books. Michelle lives in Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. She wears a bracelet with a single yellow, rubber duckie charm on it to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!

You can follow Michelle Jester:

http://michellejester.net


facebook: /authormichellejester

Instagram: @michellejester

TikTok: @michelle_jester

Twitter: @michelle_jester

 

More from Michelle

When I first started writing this novel, it was because of a dream I had. I woke in the middle of the night crying, sweating, and praising God. I immediately got up, went to my computer and started writing about the dream. I was weeping the entire time and barely able to see through my tears.

In the dream, I was homeless, alone, and had drifted from God. I was hungry and went into a food kitchen to eat. I was dirty, smelled terrible, and missed Larry so much, only I knew I could never go home. I had done too much and had too much done to me to ever make it back to him.

After the person in the food kitchen put the food on my plate, I looked up and it was my husband, Larry. I was humiliated and desperately didn’t want him to recognize me. I was about to leave when in the dream Larry’s face turned to Jesus and He said, “I have been looking for you.”

That dream became the cornerstone of this novel.

MY REVIEW 

Before the story gets started the author gives a warning for those who may be triggered by sensitive topics like violence , rape and neglect. I appreciate this because it allows readers to know that the book contains subjects that could be hard to read. With this information readers can determine if they are able to read the story without having anything to cause them anxiety.  I applaud the author for being up front and letting us know that  this may not be an easy story to get through. 

As I dove into the book I realized just how difficult this journey would be. The author is very diligent in describing the horror that Lena is in. The reality that  she has been kidnapped sinks in and I could feel the terror she felt. In one brief moment in time her world has suddenly changed from peace into a nightmare that cannot be described without screaming.  

Human trafficking is something that I can’t grasp. What makes a person take someone off the street and put them through acts of violence and unthinkable bodily harm? The author does an excellent job of giving us a look inside the world where humans are treated with disgrace and used as a way to make money for themselves. My skin crawled every time someone approached Lena. Her faith was strong and cried out  to God to rescue her. In the midst of darkness, she forgave those who violated her. As time goes by and she is rescued by another group she begins to have hope again.  Then  her story only becomes darker when she is sent to The Camp. She is still a prisoner but within the group is someone very special who will make a difference during her captivity. 

Gabriel has been looking for Lena since the day she was kidnapped. He has never given up hope that one day he will find her. The day she walks into the shelter for food you could feel his heart beat a little faster. I liked how gentle he was with her and never pushed her even though his heart was breaking. How would you feel seeing your loved one after two years knowing that they had been through something awful? Will she acknowledge that she recognizes him? With Lena now   living on the streets it is hard for him to grasp but he sees the physical scars and knows that  she has been through a nightmare. Will he ever find out from her what happened? 

This book has a  deep message about forgiveness, redemption and unconditional love. It is a powerful look at a woman’s journey from despair and hopelessness to finding hope. It also shows the undeniable faith that Gabriel had in finding his wife. He never gave up and when she was found, his gentle spirit drew her back slowly to him. His faithfulness is a testament to how much he loves his wife. He showed gentleness to her, prayed for her and helped her find her way home. I loved his character especially because it illustrates the deep love a husband has for his wife. Gabriel never made her feel used or unwanted. What he did show her was that she was loved. Her scars didn’t matter to him, because all he wanted was for  her to be free from the past. 

 I cried at the end especially because in those last moments we hear two testimonies that clearly show how God can turn something that was meant to kill and destroy and change it to healing, hope and freedom. “He will bring good out of  the bad in your life.”  

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, August 11

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, August 12 (Author Interview)

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 12

Inklings and notions, August 13

For Him and My Family, August 14

Texas Book-aholic, August 15

Spoken from the Heart, August 16

deb’s Book Review, August 16

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 17

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 18

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 19

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 20

Rebecca Tews, August 21

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 22

Blogging With Carol, August 23

Pause for Tales, August 24

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Michelle is giving away a book gift box that includes: other titles from Michelle Jester, as well as several other authors from Rope Swing Publishing, bookmarks, a coffee mug, and a $20 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20a82/it-never-occurred-to-her-celebration-tour-giveaway



Saturday, August 13, 2022

 

Gold Rush Bride Caroline Kick-Off Package

About the Book

Book: Gold Rush Bride Caroline

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: July 21, 2022

She thinks he’s high-handed and out for her gold. He thinks she’s difficult and money-hungry. Will they discover that love is the true treasure?

Scarred in a childhood accident, Caroline Vogel has yet to find a man willing to marry her, so she heads to the Pike’s Peak goldfields to pan enough ore to become a woman of means. When she and the handsome assistant trail boss hit it off, she begins to hope her future may not be spent alone. Then she catches wind of dark secrets from the man’s past, and she’s not sure what or who to believe.

Orphaned as a teenager, Oliver Llewellyn stole to survive, then used his skills for the army during the war. Nowadays, he applies his knowledge to catch dangerous thieves for the Pinkerton Agency, so guarding a young woman during a wagon train journey should be easy. But he didn’t count on the fact she’d angered a man bent on revenge. He also didn’t count on losing his heart.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

Linda Shenton Matchett writes about ordinary people who did extraordinary things in days gone by. A volunteer docent and archivist for the Wright Museum of WWII, Linda is a former trustee for her local public library. She is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry. Linda has lived in historic places all her life, and is now located in central New Hampshire where her favorite activities include exploring historic sites and immersing herself in the imaginary worlds created by other authors.


More from Linda

Dear Readers,

 

Have you ever heard the quote about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers that says, “Sure he was great, but don’t forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did, backwards…and in high heels?” Originally seen in a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip, the line has been used by many people from comedians to politicians.

 

A slight twist on the statement can be made about women in the centuries before modern attire allowed them to wear slacks…they did everything men did, but in floor-length skirts (to say nothing of when they had to wear corsets!). A few examples include cooking over an open hearth, hauling water before the invention of pumps and indoor plumbing, farm work such as milking cows or gardening, and riding a horse.

 

One of my favorite aspects about writing is developing the characters, especially the female protagonists. Mine are typically…well, untypical. The gals in my books are war correspondents, mechanics, spies, doctors, pilots, and midwives, just to name a few. While thinking about what to write next, I stumbled on an article about female prospectors, and I knew I had my story. The few images I found confirmed my suspicion. These women prospected alongside the men,  swirling their pans of silt hour after hour…all while wearing a dress.

 

I continued to dig and was delighted to find journals and diaries of these stalwart women who either followed their husbands, brothers, or fathers to the gold field or actually set out on their own. The first book in the series, Gold Rush Bride Hannah takes in northern Georgia during the rush of 1829 when more than one million dollars of gold was unearthed.

 

Today’s tour book, Gold Rush Bride Caroline, is about Hannah’s daughter and takes place during the 1859 Pike’s Peak Gold Rush in Colorado. I hope you enjoy Caroline’s story.

 

Blessings,

Linda Shenton Matchett

MY REVIEW

Oh how I love this author’s way of telling a story. Her historical fiction books take me right to the time period with ease. There is nothing better than feeling like  part of a story and walking  alongside the characters. Without leaving my home, I was transported to a time where wagons were the mode of transportation and gold was on the minds of many. Every time I read a story about wagon trains  I think of my granddad. He traveled a long distance by wagon to homestead his land. 

The author captures how the journey was hard at times as we meet the strong willed woman named Caroline. She can certainly hold her own and doesn’t back down from a fight even if it is with a man who tries to intimidate her. She is determined to find gold and I loved her attitude of never giving up on your dream.  Her compassion is easy to see when she takes in a woman named Little Doe. Caroline has no problem defending Little Doe against those who don’t like Native Americans. 

Oliver is the kind of man you want to be around because he is kind, gentle and is a great protector. It doesn’t take him long to develop a friendship with both Caroline and Little Doe. One of the scenes in the book that really  grabbed my attention was when Oliver shared Jesus with Little Doe. He broke down the story of Jesus in simple words and explained to her that Jesus loves us and forgives us. 

One thing  is clear in the story and is a reminder for everyone. We all have scars whether they be physical or emotional. We think we are ugly or unwanted but the truth is the scars we carry make us stronger and allows God to show us how precious we are to him. Caroline and Oliver skirt around their attraction for each other but they will learn that letting  go of their past will open doors of freedom and a new beginning. We all have a past but “as believers , we’ve been washed clean.”   

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 13

Texas Book-aholic, August 14

Inklings and notions, August 15

For Him and My Family, August 16

Tell Tale Book Reviews, August 17 (Author Interview)

Mary Hake, August 17

Bizwings Blog, August 18

deb’s Book Review, August 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 20

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 21

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, August 22 (Author Interview)

Book Looks by Lisa, August 22

Betti Mace, August 23

Connie’s History Classroom, August 24

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 25

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Visa Gift Card and signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20a89/gold-rush-bride-caroline-celebration-tour-giveaway


 

Friday, August 12, 2022


About the Book

Book: Book, Chapter, & Vows

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: July 26, 2022

Falling in love with Benjamin wasn’t in the plan, but Mallory finds she’s all but lost her head and her heart after two and a half years of banter, memories, and now shared books.

But when her ex-fiance (does it count if it was just for a few hours?) shows up right in the middle of a writing project with Benjamin, the guy manages to ruin her happiness… again.

Benjamin has been keeping one tiny part of him back from Mallory–just the one thing that’ll repel her for good.
So when the ex-boyfriend-slash-fiance shows up, and things look serious again, he takes a giant step back and prays he can keep his heart intact in the process.

They’re clearly meant for each other. God obviously has a plan. So what’s it going to take for Mallory and Benjamin to work things out and get those vows made?

This Breakers Head novel is Chautona Havig’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

MY REVIEW 

This journey finds us discovering more about Mallory. I have always liked her character and now we are on a mission to see how  her relationship with Benjamin will go. There is a real struggle within Mallory about her feelings and we can feel the turmoil within her. When an unexpected ex visits,  Mallory starts to question her life. Did she do the right thing when she and Trevor didn’t work out? Why is he suddenly back in town? 

Benjamin is trying so hard to let his relationship with Mallory blossom, but little things start getting in the way. Seeing Mallory kiss her ex doesn’t give him an ego boost and now he is wondering if there is more to what he saw. A rumor is floating around that Mallory is leaving. I liked how Benjamin didn’t over react and relied on God and prayed about the situation. I’m sure  some of us would have reacted differently and confronted the situation. It is a good lesson to not believe gossip but allow God to handle the situation. 

One thing that really stands out in this book is how we need to appreciate the little moments in our life. We become so focused  on our jobs or whatever keeps our focus from the little blessings we have each day. Recognize the family and friends that support you and be thankful for the time you spend with them. 

There is a certain ex that just won’t go away. Trevor keeps coming  back to talk to Mallory but she wants nothing to do with him. Her frustration is causing her to be short tempered and maybe has put a little distance between her and Benjamin. I loved how the author illustrated the ups and downs of a relationship and how we can let our pride get in the way. We see the flaws the characters have and I found them relatable for many of us. Our stubbornness sometimes gets in the  way and if we aren’t careful, we will miss what God has for us. 

There is an emotional time in the  story where we learn more about Uncle Bud and I was amazed at what was uncovered about his past. Doing the right thing can cause others to be hurt but in the end following God’s direction will always be enough. I think as Benjamin learns about Bud he starts to feel a little more comfortable sharing  his secret with Mallory. It is a very profound moment because the author  shows how telling the truth frees you from what has been holding you back. 

I have enjoyed each book the author has contributed to this inspiring series. The way she is able to make her characters realistic helps readers connect with each one. Thank you for all the beautiful memories you have given me on this journey and the many lessons on faith, trust and unconditional love. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forwardseries, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.


slash-fiance shows up, and things look serious again, he takes a giant step back and prays he can keep his heart intact in the process.

They’re clearly meant for each other. God obviously has a plan. So what’s it going to take for Mallory and Benjamin to work things out and get those vows made?

This Breakers Head novel is Chautona Havig’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

 

Click here to get your copy!

 

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author of Aggie and Past Forwardseries, Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.




 


More from Chautona

It Happened AGAIN!

I remember the first book I had trouble finishing. Beneath the Cloak. It was the last book of the Wynnewood series, and I was dying to reveal the big secret that had been a big part of the story line. I spent hours writing very few words. Someone asked if I had writer’s block, but I didn’t. I knew every word I wanted to put on that page, but I kept procrastinating.

For weeks. We’re talking long, agonizing weeks.

Finally, I realized a significant part of why I hadn’t finished was because I didn’t want to. I didn’t want the series to end. Say goodbye to beloved characters? Agony, okay? I wanted to spend the rest of my life in Wynnewood seeing what happened with all the characters and all the things that would happen.

I just wanted to write a bunch of other books, too. What can I say? It’s a thing.

So, as I dove into writing the book I’ve been dying to write since I penned the opening scene of Christmas on Breakers Point, you’d think I’d have been prepared for the inevitable. I mean, it’s happened with several other series since that first time, so… yeah. All ready to combat the problem, right? Not hardly.

To be fair, I was also coming off being very sick, my mother being even sicker, so being crazy behind on everything. I mean, that had a lot to do with it taking so long to get going on it. But once I did, I’d type like crazy and then ignore it for a day or two before the story demanded more telling.

Then, just as I neared the big scene of Book, Chapter, & Vows… I went nuts on doing everything but finishing that book. No joke. I did. Sigh. Again, you think I’d learn.

After much soul searching and even more wailing at God about the cruelty of it all (I was in a dramatic mood, okay?), the solution came to me. Okay, God smacked me upside the head with a 2×4 of memories on how I solved every other, “don’t wanna finish this series” crisis.

See, way back with Wynnewood, the only thing that got me to the finish line was a promise I made to myself. “It doesn’t have to end here. You can write more if you want to. There’s nothing to say you can do ‘Wynnewood, the Later Years’ or something like that.”

Just that one promise to myself that I didn’t have to say goodbye was all it took for me to get back on that trusty old Toshiba laptop and pound out those last few chapters.

And here I was again, not ready to say goodbye to a series—to these islands that feel so crazy real to me. I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters and their quirky ways. Would you?

Now… you’re going to laugh at me. Go ahead. I mean, I did. See here’s the deal. I didn’t have to make that promise to myself again. “What?” you say? “What do you mean?”

Yeah. I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters or the islands. Why? Because we have another island series coming, the Suamalie Islands, and Mallory is going to visit those islands.

If that isn’t enough for me, I have another series all planned for the Independence Islands, too! Yeah. That. I mean, what was I not thinking?

As soon as I thought of that, I was able to get in there, get the last few scenes written and pass it off to the fabulous Christy for her editorial magic. As for me, I think I’m going to go  play around just a little bit with one of the Josie Parker Mysteries. I mean, why not?


Blog Stops

An Author’s Take, August 9

Lots of Helpers, August 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 10

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, August 11

The Sacred Line, August 11

She Lives To Read, August 12

Texas Book-aholic, August 13

Splashes of Joy, August 13

Inklings and notions, August 14

lakesidelivingsite, August 15

For Him and My Family, August 15

LIbrary Lady’s Kid Lit, August 16

deb’s Book Review, August 17

Blogging With Carol, August 17

Locks, Hooks and Books, August 18

Sodbuster Living, August 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 19

Simple Harvest Reads, August 19 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, August 20

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 21

Sylvan Musings, August 21

Blossoms and Blessings, August 22

Miriam Jacob, August 22

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a paperback copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/20712/book-chapter-vows-celebration-tour-giveaway